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Man arrested in Melton dawn raid

PUBLISHED: 18:33 30 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

A MAN arrested in a dawn raid on a Melton house is due appear in court next week charged with gross indecency in front of a child.

British Transport Police swooped on the Suffolk address where he was lodging following an appeal for information on BBC TV's Crimewatch.

A MAN arrested in a dawn raid on a Melton house is due appear in court next week charged with gross indecency in front of a child.

British Transport Police swooped on the Suffolk address where he was lodging following an appeal for information on BBC TV's Crimewatch.

Robert Jeffrey, 33, is accused of committing a sex act in front of a nine-year-old girl as she waited on a railway platform at Euston station in London.

Two detectives from Euston, Detective Constable Alison Mackintosh and Dc Danny Callahan and BTP officers from Ipswich pounced at the house on Wednesday around 7am.

After his arrest Jeffrey was taken to Woodbridge police station for questioning.

Following the raid, BTP Detective Constable Keith Lawson based at Euston railway station said: "As a result of the Crimewatch appeal a man has been arrested in Melton and has been interviewed and charged with causing ABH and gross indecency towards a nine-year-old girl."

The programme was aired on November 8 and showed CCTV footage of the man thought to be involved in the incident.

Although the child was not touched in any way by the man Jeffrey has also been charged with actual bodily harm for allegedly causing psychological harm to the girl.

He was charged and bailed and is to reappear before Horseferry Road Magistrates in Central London on December 6.

Jeffrey is accused of carrying out the sex act in July this year while the nine-year -old was waiting with her 19-year-old sister at Hadley Woods railway station near Euston.

They had just missed their train and had been waiting for four or five minutes before the incident happened.

The older girl realised her sister had suddenly become very distressed and frightened and when she looked up she saw a man on the platform fondling himself in front of her.

When she screamed the man ran off up the stairs and was later seen talking and laughing on his mobile phone.

Dc Lawson said that the response to the Crimewatch appeal had been good and that officers were pleased with the number of people who had called them regarding the incident.

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